green manure


: an herbaceous crop (such as clover) plowed under while green to enrich the soil
green-manure transitive verb

Examples of green manure in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Traditional green manure crops include alfalfa, oats, and even winter wheat. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 19 Apr. 2024 Lay plants on top of soil to break down as green manure for improved soil fertility. Kristin Guy, Sunset Magazine, 6 Feb. 2024 Plant this year’s tomato bed with a green manure or cover crop. oregonlive, 21 Aug. 2021 Cover crops, also called green manure, include grains like winter oats and cereal rye. oregonlive, 16 Aug. 2021 In addition to use as an oilseed crop, yellow mustard is also produced as condiment mustard, green manure, and as a biopesticide. oregonlive, 8 May 2021 Before the green manure starts to flower, cut it and let the cuttings stay on the bed. oregonlive, 1 May 2021 Winter rye, vetch and clovers, sown now, are green manures that will crowd out winter weeds. Washington Post, 18 Sep. 2019 Another approach is to plant cover crops, sometimes called green manures, during periods between crops. Washington Post, 24 July 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1785, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of green manure was in 1785

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“Green manure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

green manure

: a crop of plants (as clover) that is plowed under while green to enrich the soil

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